Girls in the sixth, seventh
or eighth grades who are looking towards careers in science and technology
are invited to attend the “Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Technology
and Science” workshop on March 12. Parents and educators are also
welcome to attend the conference.
As stated on the American Association of University Women website, “some
of the most important, exciting and high paying careers in the coming
decades will be in math, science and technology, and these fields are
wide open for young women.”
The website further explains that there are twenty interactive workshops
to be held during this annual careers for girls conference. The girls
will be armed with the skills necessary to gain future jobs in the areas
of math, science and technology.
The career workshops for the “Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science
and Technology” conference will be held in the PAC March 12 from
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will cover such topics as web page creation,
defying gravity, tell it like it is, your future and healthcare of the
Adult workshops have also been designed for the educators, guardians and
parents such as choosing high school courses to keep options open for
college and financing a college education. The adult workshop will also
be held on March 12.
As stated in a UIS press release, there may be scholarships available
at the conference and the cost to register for the conference is $15.
A registration form, overview of the program and workshop listing is available
online at www.aauw-il.org/springfield.
The workshops will be led by professionals working in the area of interest
who, according to a press release, must be successful professionals who
will discuss the educational skills needed for the job, different duties
the job entails and their reason for choosing the job.
The Sangamon County Rescue Squad K-9 Team will also give a special presentation
throughout the conference that will show the conference goers the importance
of police dogs in everyday life and how they often aid in rescues.
Rahn named February Employee of the Month
Jason Satek - SGA/General Assignment Reporter
Rahn loves what she does, and it must show as she was named UIS Employee
of the Month for February. The Assistant to Dean of Library Jane Treadwell,
Carol also works for Farokh Eslahi, the director of Educational Technology
and has been center stage to the melding of the two, as the library becomes
increasingly computer orientated.
“We are spending much more on databases,” she said, “because
people want more on-line services. It’s limitless what’s available
on-line. I think our library has a lot to offer.” On that note,
Carol also relayed that the library computers are open to the public,
and Treadwell has recently received a grant to study the feasibility of
bringing a branch of the Illinois Public Library system into the Brookens
Library to increase public access and connection to the community. A decision
on this proposal might come as soon as the end of the year.
Given her position, Carol has a large involvement with the Banner Internet
system, “Up to my nose,” she says, laughing. Having been on
campus long enough to remember the predecessor University Financial Accounting
System or UFAS, she looks at the changes philosophically. “We needed
to make a change. It’s just been fairly painful, as any computer
changes are. UFAS only did certain segments. It didn’t talk to the
student system and it didn’t talk to the Human Resources payroll
system. This system is completely integrated.”
Carol finds herself using computer systems to monitor the 20 financial
accounts she is responsible for spread over the areas of state funds,
grants and gifts. What is the estimated total dollar amount for her budgeted
accounts? “Three million dollars,” she replies. “I like
accounting. Everything has to balance. The whole world should take accounting.”
Rahn has been at UIS since 1999, having left a position as a computer
and accounting teacher for Ashland Chandlerville Central High School.
She graduated from Illinois State with a degree in Business Education.
In a slightly ironic twist, she found her current position listed in a
newspaper ad, and not online. She and her husband Darrell have a daughter
and a son, who will become a first time father in May and make her a first
Carol does not have any specific plans for the gift certificate that accompanies
the Employee of the Month award, though she suspects it will largely end
up at the school cafeteria, whose cuisine she is quite fond of. The best
perk might end up being the designated parking place, which could ease
the two hour round trip work commute she performs. Yet Carol states that
other coworkers have a similar drives, and when asked to name her most
difficult employment aspect, it doesn’t come up. “The volume
of what we are doing is the toughest part of the job,” she says,
“but it’s a great place to work. The day keeps moving.”